Month: October 2016

31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #1

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Yay, the day is finally here!

Welcome! Today we are starting out on a 31 day journey to a stronger prayer life and I’m really excited about it! ūüėÄ

If you are barely joining us, you can read my introductory post here! Before we begin, I just want to say a few things!

  1. You are all more than welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section below and although we may not know each other, I would love to build a strong community of fellowship with you all!  We can really strengthen and encourage each other!
  2. I also challenge each of you to spend a few minutes each day, away from all the chaos and spend some deep quality time in prayer. Pray for strength so that we can stay strong against the enemy, pray for all the others that are joining us on this journey and any other prayer requests we might have. Remember, the goal of this challenge is to grow closer to our Lord. So now without further ado….LET’S BEGIN!

Scripture Reading: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.¬†

                                                                                   Р1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

My thoughts: 

You know, I have the issue that when the second things don’t go well or I can;t keep up to my own “perfect” standard, I become discouraged and give up. I stop praying. I believe ,though, that these verses clearly tell us otherwise.

rejoice always. hmm…. that’s a hard one. But that’s what God asks us to do. And not just when things are going well.¬†I need to learn to rejoice even when I don’t feel joyous. because in Christ Jesus, there is always something to rejoice for.

re·joice:

feel or show great joy or delight

pray without ceasing. Whoa! this is a difficult one for me. During my teenage years and into my early adulthood, I didn’t do much praying. I still struggle with prayer. I often don’t know what to say or how to pray. Especially when I feel like I’ve fallen¬†way short of God’s expectations and my own as well. But I’ve got that all backwards. The only way I’ll ever come close to fulfilling either of those is with our Father’s help. And how do I do that? You guessed it. Prayer. Prayer without ceasing. No matter if you don’t feel worthy or if it seems you aren’t getting any answers. Continue to pray!5-dandelion-150ppi-01

in everything give thanks.¬†Wow there is a lot in these couple of verses. Give thanks? In everything?? yep that’s right. If your plans get ruined. Give thanks. if your paycheck wasn’t what you had hoped. Give thanks. When your exhausted at day’s end. Give thanks.

Why, you ask? The reason is actually pretty simple. And it’s found at the very end of our scripture reading.

for this the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.¬†It may not make sense, trust me it doesn’t make sense to me a lot of the time. But God’s planning is perfect. And His will for us is to rejoice, pray without ceasing and give thanks. He will bless with a peace no earthly happiness can give.

Prayer:

“Father, you know my heart and the struggle I’ve been having with prayer. Will you help me find it within me to rejoice more, even when I don’t “feel” like it? Help me to stay strong in prayer and never cease even when Satan tries to hinder me. And Lord give me a thankful heart. Oh Lord you are oh so full of grace, thank you for being patient with me and giving me yet another chance. May I learn to praise your Great and Holy Name always! In Jesus’ name. Amen”

God is so good. He will not forsake us, nor leave us. When it feels we can no longer feel or hear His presence, let’s take a look at ourselves and evaluate how far we’ve walked from Him. Not the other way around.

 

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“Walking in My Shoes” PS. I have a Different Pair


Hey everyone! So quite awhile ago I was told that one of our friends had trouble conceiving their second child. The couple trying had tried for a few months before she had gotten pregnant again. A few months! All I was thinking was come talk to me again after its been a¬†couple years of trying. But hey, who’s counting? I get it though… when your trying to have a child and it doesn’t work as easily as you thought, or as easily as it worked the first time, you get concerned. I understand the fear…. just as I hope you understand that I’m saying this with love in my heart. Infertility (wow,¬†I’m really starting to dislike this word) is often¬†diagnosed¬†after the couple has been trying for more than a year without success. So if you only tried for a few months, consider yourself blessed.

You don’t know what its like unless you are in my shoes, or wearing the same pair (Though for those of you trying so hard to understand and be compassionate, THANK YOU!)¬†My shoes are called “infertility shoes” or “not ovulating shoes”. Or maybe “struggling with infertility shoes”. For those of you who can relate ( and I’m so sorry if you can) this will make sense to you. How I long that we could all put on “Motherhood shoes”. For now God has given me these shoes, and I choose to wear them. Infertility isn’t my choice, but accepting it is.

 

My Infertility Shoes!

God, my feet are tired

and my shoes feel worn through

I don’t want to keep on walking

in these worn-out ugly shoes.

I don’t like the way they fit me

and I want a new pair,

but You look at me so sadly and say

” My Child, please don’t despair

these shoes are making you stronger

though you may not know it yet,

these shoes will give you compassion

My Child please don’t fret.

My plan for you is beautiful

just like your special shoes

please accept the shoes I’ve given

and KNOW that I’m with you”!

I pray all of you out there like me, may find God’s meaning for your “special shoes” no matter what they may be.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts.

With love, The Hopeful Wife

God’s Strength


A good friend of mine recently told me I was strong. I agree, BUT only because I know God has given me strength. God has been holding me up for the last while. At times I have been fighting God, not wanting to accept reality. I do NOT want to accept the fact that we might never have children. I have such a great desire to be a mom and to raise up children in Christ. So I have been fighting this battle and learning over and over again to give it to God! I’ve known for a while that I haven’t been ovulating… and of course if there is no ovulation -there is no baby. So now I’m fighting a new battle…. what do to about not ovulating, and what is right in God’s eyes!

I’m counting on one thing though, God will give me strength.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without God, and I wouldn’t have the strength to share my story if it wasn’t for Him in my life. Every single day I wrestle with infertility, and time and time again He helps me through. God sends people with caring hearts my way, and He gives my husband the words to help me get through another day. When I’m crying on the couch saying “God, I cant do this“, begging Him “ God please don’t make me go through this” He is right there beside me. God gives me strength! That is why I can be strong.

 

 

 

JOIN US FOR A 31 DAY SCRIPTURE WRITING CHALLENGE ON PRAYER!!

prayer-writing-challenge(Disclaimer: This graphic was created by me but the outline was not originally my idea. If you would like to see the original please go here!)

  • What’s happening??

So I’ve decided to come up with a little something new for us for the month of November.¬†A scripture writing challenge! Starting Monday, Oct. 31, please join us in 31 days of learning about what the Bible has to say about prayer through scripture writing. I’ve done this for the last few days already and it has really improved my spiritual walk!

  • Why did I decide to do this?

I was actually going through a really rough patch in October, I wasn’t praying and I wasn’t taking time for quiet time with our Lord. Let me tell you, I was miserable! I was a cranky unhappy wife and momma. I didn’t tell anyone about it, I refused to communicate with my husband about it and our relationship suffered. And I put up a strong front to my sisters in Christ. I faked a happy-go-lucky smile and pretended everything was fine.

Until it got so bad I had to shed my burdens to a friend as we were having some good fellowship. I couldn’t keep up my hypocritical front. So I decided right then and there… I needed to do something about it. And prayer is where I decided to start. Because without prayer, we can’t have a relationship with Christ, we can’t know His will and if we don’t ask for help, He won’t force it on us although He is always patiently ready and waiting. Prayer is something I’ve struggled with for a long, long time and I know I’m not alone. So let’s see if we can get our prayer life rolling with this challenge!

Who’s all ready to join me?? The count down begins and I’m really excited about it! Let’s do this.

  • So how are we gonna do this?

The photo above has the scripture for each day until the end of November. What we will do is write down the verses for the day! Be as creative as you like. Following each¬†verse each day will be my own thoughts on the verse/verses! And I hope to send you the my post each day via email, so if you aren’t subscribed yet, please do!

  • What will you need?
  1. the graphic from above so you know where we are at with our scripture reading/writing.
  2. a notebook
  3. your bible (I will be using my NKJV and my NKJV Study Bible)
  4. pens, pencils, and colors (for your creative side)

And that’s it. It only takes a few minutes and I promise it is very rewarding! Hope to see you all back again Monday!

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